Monthly Archives: July 2010

Dragonfly: Anotogaster sieboldii

Magnificent!! This is the largest species of dragonfly in Japan and, at 10cm long, it’s an impressive sight. This one was zooming around a clearing and it flew just above my head several times before settling on a remarkably convenient … Continue reading

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Nature’s Smiley

What a cute and unusual thing to find — a natural smiley in the forest!! I couldn’t decide what it was at first as it was only about 8mm across. I was just thinking it might be a young snail … Continue reading

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Weevil: Mesalcidodes trifidus

I often see these big black and white weevils hanging onto leaves like a cross between a koala and a (very small) panda! They walk very deliberately and drop off the leaf when disturbed. I think they are among my … Continue reading

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Oops… somebody made a mistake

I think somebody has made a bit of a mistake here! Take a closer look… Coleoptera: Curculionidae (weevils) Mesalcidodes trifidus Weevil = ojiro-ashi-naga-zoumushi Location: Yokoyama Village near Munakata Common (Google map link)

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Skeletonized leaf

It’s remarkable how these Japanese beetles skeletonize leaves — they’re little artists really!! Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae (Shining Leaf Chafers) Popillia japonica Japanese beetle = mame-kogane Location: Yokoyama Village near Munakata Common (Google map link)

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Katydid: Gampsocleis buergeri

These huge katydids (bush-crickets) are everywhere at the moment. They sit perfectly camouflaged on leaves and then half jump, half crawl into the foliage making so much disturbance that it’s like a much larger animal is lurking there. Once you … Continue reading

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Weevil: Euops splendidus

Such a beautiful weevil… but my photos are very poor. The evening was setting in and I was among trees and the weevil was only 3mm long… If I find one again, I will catch it and take the photo … Continue reading

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Hornet: Vespa ducalis

I stood taking photos of these hornets for quite a while but I think I should have been able to take better shots than these. I’ll try again next time. I guess there were 7 or 8 of them flying … Continue reading

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Jumping bristletail

Jumping bristletails are primitive wingless insects that are thought to have been around 390 million years ago. Archaeognatha Jumping bristletail = ishi-nomi Location: Yokoyama Village near Munakata Common (Google map link)

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Longhorn Beetles

Today was Longhorn Beetle day for me! I went out for 4 hours between downpours and walked around my local area to see what I could find. Everywhere I looked I spotted longhorns: 9 species in total. Not bad. Well, … Continue reading

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